VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Dementia Prevention Across the Life Span: An Emerging Role for Counselors
Kathryn Z. Douthit
Medical research in fact has suggested that some manifestations of dementia of the Alzheimer’s type are preventable, and certain aspects of that prevention fall within the purview of counseling practice. This article explores a variety of avenues, germane to the counseling profession, that demonstrate considerable promise in controlling the future of AD. Interestingly, much of what medical science has taught us about control of DAT is consistent with core counseling practices. Because a comprehensive review of all of the possible avenues of counseling-related DAT preventive intervention is well beyond the scope of this article, attention here is focused on counseling opportunities related to stress, depression, cardiovascular disease, and general wellness.